Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he could never be friends with Diego Costa if he had to face him on the pitch, but acknowledged his “warrior” attitude has been crucial to Chelsea’s success.
Costa made the headlines for the wrong reasons once again as he appeared to dive inside the penalty box and successfully claimed a penalty in the game between Liverpool and Chelsea on Tuesday.
“If I had played against Costa I could never be friends [with him], that is how it is,” Klopp told reporters following the draw with the Premier League leaders.
“But when you have him in your team it is much more fun. He is a warrior. What [Antonio] Conte is doing with Chelsea is outstanding, but Chelsea without Costa this season [who knows where they would be?].
“He is not the nicest guy on the pitch but I saw no real big incident and until someone tells me something…
“If someone tells me it was a dive maybe I will be angry Wednesday but that would be wrong decision what, number 27? But it does not make it better.”